Abstract

The knowledge of the complex amplitude of optical fields, that is, both quantitative phase and intensity, enables numeric reconstruction along the optical axis. Nonetheless, a criterion is required for autofocusing. This Letter presents a robust and rapid refocusing criterion suitable for color interferometric digital holographic microscopy, and, more generally, for applications where complex amplitude is known for at least two different wavelengths. This criterion uses the phase in the Fourier domain, which is compared among wavelengths. It is applicable whatever the nature of the observed object: opaque, refractive, or both mixed. The method is validated with simulated and experimental holograms.

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